Alexander R. Coate was appointed to serve as the 10th General Manager of the East Bay Municipal Utility District on January 25, 2011. In his role, he oversees delivery of high quality drinking water to 1.4 million residents and businesses in 20 cities and 15 unincorporated communities in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, as well as wastewater treatment for 650,000 of those same customers. As General Manager, he balances the continued demands of maintaining critical infrastructure and financial stability with innovation in sustainability and long-term water and wastewater planning.
Coate came to the District in 1993 as an associate engineer in the Wastewater Office of Reclamation and subsequently managed the offices of Environmental Compliance, Regulatory Compliance and the Water Supply Improvements Division. In 2007, he was appointed Director of Water and Natural Resources.
During his tenure at EBMUD he was the architect of EBMUD's 30-year long-term water supply plan and had a key role in the development of the Freeport Regional Water Project. The Freeport project allows the District to access water from the Sacramento River during dry years to supplement the District’s main source of water, the Mokelumne River.
Prior to coming to the District, he worked for ten years with legal, research and engineering consulting firms. He currently serves on the boards of the California Urban Water Agencies, the California WateReuse Association and Water Research Foundation.
Coate attended high school in San Francisco and has a Bachelor of Arts in Neurobiology and a Masters of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering, both from UC Berkeley. He resides in Lafayette with his wife and two children.